With growing classroom sizes, it can be tricky to ensure that every student is motivated and challenged with activities tailored to their specific needs. While textbook readings and worksheets are certainly an important part of the educational landscape, I’ve found that some of the most effective learning in my classroom occurs when we meet students where they already are: on their screens.
A few years back I had two special education students that were struggling in school; despite trying hands-on tools, paper worksheets, and other review materials, they were still unable to pass their assessments. I heard good things about Quizlet from another teacher and decided to give it a chance, creating study sets that allowed my students to study different concepts through a combination of games and activities, both in the classroom and at home. After a few weeks of using Quizlet, my students’ test scores started to improve from failing (20s to 50s) to 70s, and they finished the year achieving 80s on their tests. We finally found something that worked!
Since then, I’ve found that integrating Quizlet’s multiple tools both in and out of the classroom have helped all my students, regardless of level, continuously improve to the point where they now exceed expectations.
I’ve implemented Quizlet across all my classes and have seen remarkable returns. Students using these tools saw scores that were about 20- to 30-percent better than our district average for sixth through eighth grade. We did so well that our district thought we cheated on the tests and confronted us about how we taught and what we did to improve our scores so substantially. We had found a way to inspire students to want to learn—not just teach them to succeed on tests. However, it’s not just about having the Quizlet sets available, it’s about constantly reminding students to log on, both in and out of the classroom, and integrate it into their routines.
We’re now making plans for what we can do differently this August. Here are a few quick tips and tricks to getting the most out of using Quizlet in your classroom so your students can build the same excitement for learning as I’ve seen in my students.